Tasmania (Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley, Pipers River); Chardonnay 78%, Pinot 23%; aged on lees 8 years; 6.4 g/L dosage; disgorged May 2016
A history-making wine that will go down in Australian sparkling legend, this is officially the most awarded sparkling in the modern Australian wine show circuit. It impeccably and effortlessly captures the focus and precision of Tasmanian chardonnay (more than three-quarters) and pinot noir in crunchy lemon and apple fruit, backing it with enticing layers of brioche, almond and nougat, thanks to 8 years on lees. Thrilling acidity of grand energy is what really sets this cuvée apart, driving a very long and impeccably focused finish, irresistible now, yet possessing enduring longevity. I recently served this cuvée for a corporate audience and it won the vote of the room over Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve, one of my favourite champagnes.
96 points Tyson Stelzer
|Product/Service Sold Out||Yes|
|Region||Coal River Valley, Pipers Brook, Derwent Valley|
|Varietals||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|